Susan Lightcap

My fiber and paper pieces are vessels of the spirit. Working as an artist is an opportunity for me to participate in a regenerative creative process that allows me to develop and produce intimate and nurturing private spaces. By preparing vehicles for transformation and growth in the context of unique handmade books and sculptures, I foster objective validation of the human process at intensely individual levels.

My work offers environments that have the potential for becoming affirmative documents in one's lifelong journey toward healing, understanding and self actualization. My pieces are used as totemic spaces in which people may collect and often record the artifacts, thoughts, dreams, memories and accomplishments of their passage through life.

I explore traditional and non-traditional structures using Oriental and Western conservation bindery techniques. Incorporating fine materials, inviting textures and metaphoric themes, I often include the Divine Feminine, doorways, portals and windows as symbols of change. Each piece is designed and constructed with materials specifically selected or developed for that project. Materials include fabrics, leathers, and handmade and commercial papers that are manipulated through techniques such as orizomegami, stencil, paste and watercolor painting, craquelure, collage, print and chine colle'. Embellishments range from inlay and onlay to stitching, attachments and relief work.

Additionally, I teach papermaking and bookarts in my studio and at nationally recognized arts centers, including The Center for Book Arts, NY; Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio, TX; Truro Center for the Arts, Cape Cod, MA; Pyramid Atlantic, Riverdale, MD; Peters Valley Craft Center, Latham, NJ; and Sawtooth Center for the Arts, The Caligraphy Centre, and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art, Winston - Salem, NC.


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